I used to joke about my ‘neglected blog’. But then, I tried to log back in last week and literally couldn’t remember the password. Suddenly, the joke didn’t really seem like a joke anymore. I could easily blame being time poor; since I started this site I’ve filled my professional life with a ton of cool projects. I’ve also had two babies, with a third … Continue reading Back to Blogging
This was one of my goals this year. I wanted to run a Presentation of Learning (POL), High Tech High style. Post experience, it’s got to be one of the most valuable things I’ve done in years. The day started off pretty rough – students pulling out, panel members not showing up etc. Then, our first speaker gets up. She’s shaking. The moment she starts … Continue reading Presentation of Learning
I’ve gotten a little slack lately, and my entry event’s have been the victim. In my time-poor state, I’ve been classifying team planning sessions as Entry Events. They’re not. Let’s not kid ourselves. So last week, I decided to inject a little fun back into the process and kicked off Year 7’s picture book project with some craft and finger painting! Welcome to our hour … Continue reading Entry Events – let’s not forget the fun!
This week has been massive! We have two very cool projects about to launch (I’ve just added them to Project Cards – House of Cards and Mosquito Project). Johnny and I have spent a rainy Sunday holed up project planning – feels like the good ol’ days. Anyway, we’ve got very some cool Entry Events planned which I’ll get back to soon, and I’m experimenting … Continue reading Coming Soon…
Welcome to my ah ha moment. I’ve just figured out why my gallery walks haven’t always been so successful; the ones that have worked have been spontaneous, springing from a genuine need for feedback. The ones that haven’t have been neatly scheduled moments in my program. Today was one of the more successful moments. I ran a refining workshop with Johnny’s class – they’re still … Continue reading Kind, helpful, specific feedback
I’ve already posted about our 50 word stories, (here and here) they’ve since become a staple with all my classes. But what I haven’t covered is how we share these with the world. Cue today’s blog. The original idea sprung from Chipotle’s Cultivating Thought Author Series , and resulted in me ordering 200 coffee sleeves late one night in the whirlwind of excitement… Luckily, the … Continue reading What you like a story with that?
I’ve discovered a ton of great resources lately, here’s a quick run down for anyone interested. 1. ‘The Motivation Equation‘ is my top pick. From the first page it breaks down how to capture student motivation, each chapter unpacks the concept in beautiful detail. A great read, you can find it here. 2. I love this woman. Her blog is a beautiful rabbit hole that … Continue reading Whatcha reading?
Socratic seminars are my newest interest/fascination/obsession – sometimes it’s hard to tell these three apart. I’m curious to see if there is some kind of magic formula to making this structured discussion a success. Admittedly, my initial sample size is small… Ok, it’s just my class. But the goal is to observe other classes and find the common elements that work, and those that need … Continue reading Socratic Seminars
As a year 7 teacher this year I get to juggle multiple curriculum hats. I love it, except for the fact that I suck at geography. Let’s rephrase that, it’s an area with ample opportunities for development… (que my growth mindset!) One thing I am good at is throwing myself into new challenges, especially when it’s student driven. So a few months ago my year 7’s … Continue reading Finders Keepers!
Last year our school set out to create a flexible learning space in the hopes of accommodating students lines of desire and facilitate their creativity. This is the end result. Best classroom ever! Whilst the colour and cubes are fantastic, what I really love about this room is the fact that everything is writeable; the walls, the tables, THE LOT. This is a fantastic resource … Continue reading Welcome to our class. Please, pull up a… cube?